Ridges on Toenails

There are a lot of reasons as to why one may find ridges on toenails.   Others find it a cause for concern, but end up finding out that this is perfectly normal.   Since there are quite a few reasons as to why one might have ridges on toenails, it would be good to go through each ridge type and find out the probable causes.

Vertical Toenail Ridges These are the ridges that extend from the root of the nail up until the top.   These are associated with age, and are not known to indicate any medical condition.   Most are disturbed by it, but a simple nail file would be able to solve this problem.

Horizontal Toenail Ridges These ridges extend from side to side.   There are a number of reasons why this may be there.   The first may be a toenail injury.   The injury may have affected the root of the nail and caused a growth abnormality.   Time would truly solve this problem, because this ridge would just grow naturally out of the toenail and get clipped or filed off.

Another reason for a horizontal toenail ridge would be malnutrition.   The growth of the nails are affected by the diet of a person, so to avoid ridges like this, check the diet of the person.   It should be a balanced diet, with a lot of fruits and green leafy vegetables.   If this is the case and the problem is solved, the ridge would just grow out.

A fungal infection could also be the cause of a horizontal toenail ridge.   If this is the case, consult a doctor to see what type of infection this could be, and treat it accordingly.   Do not assume that it is an infection right away, as horizontal toenail ridges may be an indicator of something else, and if the wrong treatment is used, it could just worsen the situation.

Renal problems may also be the reason for toenail ridges.   But once again, only a physician can confirm this.   If you are worried, consulting a physician could give you peace of mind.   The physician may order a set of tests for you, and these tests are what would indicate the real cause of the toe ridges.

It wouldn’t be good to assume what causes the ridges on toenails.   Just like everything else, consult a physician before hitting the panic button.   Once the physician has confirmed what are causing these ridges, then you can go ahead and take the proper steps in order to handle the root cause of the ridges.

Athlete’s Foot Symptoms

Although athlete’s foot is something we view as a fairly common ailment, athlete’s foot symptoms should not be disregarded.   This infection is caused by a fungal colony which grows on the skin and roots itself into the skin, feeding on the blood sugar of your body.   It would be best then to know the symptoms in order to confirm that you have athlete s foot in order to treat it properly.

The first sign of athlete’s foot is the unending itching of the foot.   Since it is caused by the ringworm fungus, this itch will not go away unless the fungus is taken away.   Following the itch will be the drying of the skin and the presence of blisters.   If these blisters are scratched and the water from the blisters touch some other spot, it may result in the transfer and spread of the infection.

It would be good to note though that not all symptoms are exhibited on every person who has the infection.   Strangely, not all people are susceptible to athlete’s foot, and some of the infected do not even know that they have athlete’s foot.

Once you know that you have athlete’s foot, then you can proceed with the cure.   A doctor would start you off on anti-fungal creams that are readily available over the counter.   These would be creams that are applied directly to the infected area.   A week of application should take care of the job.

If these creams don’t work, then prescription anti-fungal medication would be used.   These are the stronger medicines that are not readily available, and as the name implies, would need a doctor’s prescription.   They can either be topical (applied to the infected area) or oral (pill form).   The main issue with oral prescriptions is that they can have detrimental effects on the liver or the kidneys.

Some of the symptoms may stop immediately after the application of medication.   It would still be good to finish the prescribed treatment as prescribed by the doctor because although the symptoms may be gone, that is not an indicator that the infection is dead.   Finishing the full course would lessen the chances of a repeat infection.

Just like with any other infection, it would be good to know that you are up against before actually giving treatment.   This would end the ordeal in a shorter span of time, and allow the person to save on money by not spending for medication that would end up useless.   Before purchasing any drug, consult a physician.   The physician will always be able to perform the required tests to confirm the cause of the infection, and then provide the targeted remedy that will be able to solve the problem.

Dead Toenail Treatment

It is important to know the basics of dead toenail treatment because the foot is always susceptible to injury.   So many things can happen to it, such as books being dropped on it or the toe getting stubbed on a very hard surface.   No matter what the reason, it would be best to take the following steps right after the unfortunate incident.

·      Raise the foot and wrap it in a sterile bandage.   This would alleviate the bleeding and cause the swelling to go down.   It wouldn’t be good to asses the situation right after because the foot may look worse than it actually is.
·      Once the swelling has gone down, check the status of the nail.   If there is swelling under the nail, but the toenail is still intact, a doctor may be needed to drain the toe.   Draining the toe would allow the swelling to go down even more and relieve the pressure under the toenail.
·      Determine if one would need to remove the toenail.   It would be best to leave it in place, but if there are lose pieces, they should be taken out.   If the whole toenail is already in danger of falling off, leaving it on may lead to its being rejected by the tissue around it.

It would be important to see a physician at the soonest possible time after the nail has been injured.   The physician will be able to determine, through his knowledge and experience, the best way to treat the nail.   Instructions will be given regarding nail care, and it is extremely important that these instructions be followed to the T.   The doctor would also be able to prescribe antibiotics for possible infections that may occur.

The nail is actually a barrier against infections.   If the nail is taken out, the body becomes susceptible to several other infections, so it would be important to keep the nail area clean and covered whenever travel is needed.   At home though, keeping the nail open and exposed to air would allow the injured area to dry up.   Once the area is dry, then the new nail can start growing.

There are steps that can be followed for dead toenail treatment.   However, since toes are involved in this, and the health of the toes are at stake, it would be best to seek medical attention when it is available.   It would also be good to know the steps as well just in case no doctor is available.

Weak Nails

We all tax our nails for different reasons, and these actions end up with us having weak nails.   These activities may be things that we even take for granted such as wearing acrylic nails, using our nails as tools or even just hand washing our favorite shirt.   Some actions expose our nails to chemicals that weaken our nails, others just add additional stress.   Whatever action we may have done, the important thing is that we are able to strengthen them again.   Here are a few tips to do just that:

1)      Use nail strengthening products there are a lot of these in the market.   They often boast of the things that they can do to nails, but make sure that you read the reviews.   This will help you avoid scams.   Also, avoid products that contain formaldehyde as these do not help strengthen the nails, but instead dry them up and cause them to be brittle.
2)      Eat well the growth of your nails depends on nutrients that you get from your food.   Make sure to maintain a balanced diet.   Take your fair share of fruits and green leafy vegetables for additional nutrients.   Vitamin, iron, calcium and zinc supplements may also help strengthening your nails.
3)      Wear gloves As stated above, we expose our nails to a lot of products that are harmful.   We may not be sure which are harmful and which are not, so make it a habit to wear gloves when dealing with water and other cleaning agents.
4)      Use cuticle oil When giving yourself manicures at night, apply cuticle oil.   This will help keep the cuticles soft and allow good and smooth growth of the nails.
5)      Consult a doctor some weak nails may be caused by infections and other attacks on our body. Though they may not look serious, some of them may turn out to be so if left unattended.   If something looks extremely unusual with the nail, then seek medical help.   Some doctors can find out a lot about our bodies through the nails, as they could indicate several things.

A lot of us don’t pay much attention to our fingernails.   It’s about time that we do, because they say a lot about how we take care of ourselves.   Good nails don’t usually get much attention.   But when one has a bad set of nails, everyone will be able to notice it, even when we try to hide them.   So stop taking them for granted and start paying attention to how they are treated!

Stronger Nails

Brittle nails may not be a sign of a fungal infection, but it may just indicate that the person needs stronger nails. Although made up of dead cells, nails, just like hair, can reflect the health of the owner. If a person lacks vitamins, it would translate to weaker nails that shatter quite easily. In order to have stronger nails, one would need to consider the following tips:

  1. Eat well as mentioned earlier, the nails reflect the overall health of a person. If a person lacks nutrition, one of the first body parts to suffer would be the nails. Eat well, and make sure to add fruits and green leafy vegetables to your diet.
  2. Avoid soaking your nails in water water is bad for the nails. You may have noticed that after a long session of swimming, the nail would be soft. When it dries up, it could become brittle. Avoid long sessions with water. If you cannot due to your profession, then make sure to eat well as the nails would need all the extra vitamins.
  3. Don’t treat your nails as tools nails are handy hard and slim objects that may be used to peel stickers. As tempting as it may be, don’t do this as it adds extra stress to the nails. When you need a tool, get the appropriate tool. Overtaxing your nails may end up with you breaking one of them.
  4. Stop nail biting for obvious reasons. Nails gather germs, especially near the skin. Chewing on nails will transport the germs into the mouth, and end up with badly trimmed nails. And no one trusts a businessman with badly trimmed nails.
  5. Trim your nails and not with your teeth. Long nails make a person prone to broken nails. The longer the nail is, the weaker the tip will be. Keeping the nails trimmed will mean keeping the tip strong. If you wish to maintain long nails though, make sure to look for good supplements that will help maintain the nail’s strength.
  6. Wear gloves especially around the house, when doing chores. We handle chemicals that are bad for the nails very frequently. We just don’t know it. Wearing gloves would be a way of preventing exposure from materials that would be bad for both nails and hands.

These are just simple tips in order to have stronger nails. Remember though, whenever there is a sign of discomfort and weakness, seek medical help. What we consider as simple problems may not always be so, and it would be best to make sure that we are on the right track when maintaining healthy nails.